I woke this morning, got out of bed, put on my slippers, headed downstairs, opened the front door and took a whiff of the fresh air. I stepped outside, feeling a bit cool and noticed a gentle falling rain as the day was just beginning to shed a bit of light.
I sat in one of the rocking chairs, pulling a blanket onto my lap to warm my chilled body, and just sat, not praying, not asking, just setting in the Lord’s presence. Sometimes, being present before the Lord fills us with a rest that only comes from Him, where we enter into a place of known solitude. This space of solitude speaks volumes.
I have come to greet my early morning times with the Lord with eager anticipation, to be with Him again, to spend time in Him alone, to take inside me, His presence, His voice, His life He freely offers to me each day.
Our Father God longs to give us periods of rest in this life. Rest from worry. Rest from anxiety. Rest from doubt. Rest from wondering. Rest from the busyness of life.
I have discovered taking opportunity to find these bursts of rest has become important and vital for my well-being, along with assisting in developing my spiritual maturity. I have made it intentional in purposing to begin my days in quiet, in a stillness, in a reverence to just be in the Lord and to follow where He leads me.
I often turn to scriptures in the early morning hours, before I set outside for a lone stroll, and it is in these written words He speaks to me, where I find comfort, encouragement, guidance, direction, and a strength that enters inside me, where he dwells in the deepest region of my being.
I have found, when I know His promises are for me in my present day, I gain a substance that is real, and I have learned to depend on His truth, along with relying on the wisdom in the Holy Spirit’s teaching and instructing me in the ways of Christ’s righteousness.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
In order to discover the depth of rest the Lord brings to us, we need to stop our running about, and take opportunity to get alone with him, to close our eyes and set with him, lifting our hearts before Him, right where we are, turning off all noise and ceasing from any business, and simply be with Him in those moments.
We all have things we have to do in our days; cleaning, cooking, meetings, careers, volunteer activities, reading lists, family duties, events to attend, persons to contact, ministering, etc.
It becomes necessary for our spirits to gain energy for our activities, to take this needed time, a respite of sorts, to be alone in the Lord’s presence on a daily basis, even several times a day if we can, to create these sacred spaces in our lives, where all activity is ceased and we become present and mindful of who the Lord is.
It becomes important in our faith walk to take these periods of rest and turn our attention on our Lord, meditating on His goodness, soaking in His love, being in a holy union in communing in Him each day, as He provides us with a deep source of strength and inner peace, giving us motivation to continue in our days, knowing He is always we us.
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
When we read and meditate on scriptures, the Holy Spirit quickens to our spirits, the words, binding them in us, in a way that is near, that bears true, that brings forth His life in us. In our alone times, it is the Spirit who nurtures and bathes our spirits with these words, bringing to our minds, those scripture He desires us to know in a deeper way, where we incorporate them into our beings, where His truth bears witness to our lives.
There is a spiritual connection with His promises for us, and they become food for our souls, where each day we eat from God’s manna, from the bread of life, and find He is the source of our inner being, where we discover a peace that is lasting as we enter into these periods of rest in the midst of our days that can often be filled with business and needy people.
Jesus has promised us His peace, the peace that passes understanding that is an experiential reality in knowing Him. “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” (John 14:27)
Dear brothers and sisters, take opportunity, right where you are, to find a space where you know you will be uninterrupted, go into a room and close the door, and be with your heavenly Father who loves you with an everlasting love and allow His Spirit to renew, refresh, and fill you with His rest, His peace, and His consistent love, where you can discover the richness found in the deep things of God as He draws you near to His bosom.
Rest in Him today and enter into His peace, knowing our God will always remain true to Himself, Faithful to His word, and will be an ever steady source of all we could possible desire or need in this life.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister
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